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Ye Know Not The Scriptures, Nor The Power Of God
By Brian Price 8/10/2013

"And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God? For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven." - Matthew 12:24-25

Some people think they know the scriptures when they don't know them at all. Jesus faced a lot of opposition in his day, and still does today. In his lifetime, he had skeptic after skeptic approach him with silly questions which they could have easily answered themselves had they simply read the Bible, and believed it. In this particular case, the Sadducees could not fathom how God would raise the dead, which is why they were sad, you see? Their teaching was so detrimental to the people, that their very teaching likely overthrew the faith of some, as did the heresies of Hymenaeus and Philetus (2 Timothy 2:17). These Sadducees obviously thought of themselves as intellects, but we can clearly see that they were fools. Jesus rightfully answered them by saying, "Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God?" Although they perhaps had read the Bible before, they most likely never paid close attention to it, or perhaps never diligently studied it. In any case, they never believed it. A true believer knows his Bible like he knows his most prized posession. Rich men spend their time counting their money. A married man spends time getting to know his wife. And a true Christian spends his time reading his Bible. Skeptics are not like the Christian in that he lovingly studies the word of God, but rather they critically analyze the scriptures and pick and choose what they think is true, and what they think is not. The Sadducees were supposed to be men of faith, but in reality, they were skeptics of the very religion which they claimed to believe. There are many passages in the Old Testament which point to the fact that there will be a resurrection of the dead. The resurrection of the dead is not a New Testament teaching, but a very old teaching that dates way back to Genesis and the story of Abraham and Isaac, "...accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from whence he also received him in a figure," (Hebrews 11:19).

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